A SPEEDING app that encourages drivers to betray each other has been met with a barrage of abuse.
Speedcam Anywhere uses AI to estimate the speed of a passing car and was developed by scientists from leading universities both nationally and internationally.
The app’s founders hoped it would encourage police to take speeding more seriously and allow residents, pedestrians and cyclists to document traffic offenses in their area.
Since launching last month, however, the creators have been the target of severe abuse. reports The Guardian.
An online review for the app said: “In East Germany, citizens were encouraged to report their neighbors to the Stasi for even the smallest social violations.
“Congratulations” on creating a modern version of this. If you couldn’t tell, I’m being sarcastic. This app disgusts me.”
The barrage of criticism has been so severe that developers say they have been forced into anonymity.
The app’s founder, known only as Sam, said: “We get pretty abusive emails. It’s a Marmite product – some people think it’s a good idea, some people think it turns us into a surveillance state.
“I can see both sides of it, but I think if you have speed limits then it’s the law that you obey them and you should enforce the law.
“It’s not a personal vendetta against anyone, it’s just — how do we make our streets safe? Every year there are 20,000 serious injuries on the roads – how can we reduce them? .”
To make matters worse, Google has refused to let the team publish the app on the Play Store.
The tech giant said it wasn’t possible to estimate the speed of a passing vehicle using AI alone – a claim proved false when the company provided a demonstration.
And an iOS version has been developed by Apple, but they have yet to approve it for distribution and have given no reason for the delay.
Sam said: “We’re not sure why they would block a useful piece of technology, something that could save lives.”
The app cannot result in drivers getting fines as Speedcam Anywhere’s algorithm has not been verified by the Home Office.
It is not legally a speed camera and cannot provide sufficient evidence for the police to pursue a speeding prosecution.
However, the broader offense of “dangerous driving” may apply if the driving is sufficiently negligent.
Over the long term, Sam hopes the app will help make roads safer and encourage police to take more action to prevent dangerous driving.
He said: “I think this is a step in the larger journey of making our streets safer and more accessible for everyone.
“To have roads that are just too dangerous for kids to bike to school, to have roads that are too dangerous for parents to let their kids cross – I think that’s wrong and society needs to.” get over it.
“Make the roads safer, make them less uncomfortable, and then we can figure out how else to get around.”
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